LG and T-Mobile announced the G-Slate a few hours before Google fully unveiled the power and features of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The G-Slate will be T-Mobile’s second tablet (following the Samsung Galaxy Tab), but its first Honeycomb device.
The G-Slate boasts some impressive specs. It has an HD 8.9-inch 3D-capable display; viewing 3D content will require glasses. Users will be able to watch 720p HD content on the G-Slate, as well as deliver 1080p HD/3D content via HDMI to other playback devices.
Under the hood, the G-Slate is powered by a dual-core 1Ghz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and it has enhanced 3D graphics support. Android 3.0 Honeycomb supports Flash for native browser video playback, and it has other gaming niceties, such as Wi-Fi, a gyroscope, accelerometer, and adaptive lighting.
As if the G-Slate doesn’t have enough 3D capabilities already, LG decided to endow it with dual-cameras for 1080p HD 3D video capture. The cameras also shoot still images at 5 megapixels, and are supported by an LED flash. The G-Slate also has a 2-megapixel, user-facing camera for video chat support.
LG and T-Mobile said the G-Slate is the first in a coming line of G-series devices. It can access and use T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, which can be used for video chats, TV streaming, and gaming.
At first blush, the G-Slate looks like a contender. Its 8.9-inch display puts it smack in the middle of the 7-inch and 10-inch tablet camps, which could be a positive differentiator for the G-Slate. Devices such as RIM’s PlayBook and the Samsung Galaxy Tab have 7-inch displays, while the Motorola Xoom and Apple iPad have 10-inch (or, near 10-inch) displays. LG says the G-Slate is an ideal device for reading.
With a dual-core processor and 3D graphics support, it sounds as if LG is taking performance seriously — as it should. Many of the tablets primed to hit the market are hoping to snag gamers from other mobile gaming platforms.
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- Date: April 20, 2011
- Score:(1-10): 9